Professor Lubna A Al-Ansary, from Saudi Arabia, is Assistant Director-General for Health Metrics and Measurement at the World Health Organization (WHO), since November 2017. Well-known for her extensive experience promoting and supporting evidence-based health care in Gulf countries, she is a Professor of Family Medicine at the College of Medicine and was the head of the Clinical Practice Guidelines Committee at King Saud University Medical City. She held Bahamdan Research Chair for evidence-based health care and knowledge translation (which focuses on evidence-generation and implementation) at King Saud University from 2009 to 2016. In eight years, the Bahamdan Chair provided in-depth training on local adaptation of clinical practice guidelines and systematic reviewing for different organizations in Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, and Kuwait; collaborated with the WHO Eastern Mediterranean Region toward establishing a regional initiative on clinical practice guidelines; and published more than forty papers on guidelines and systematic reviewing. She has been a member of the Board of Trustees at the Guidelines International Network since 2013, and a board member of The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Health Policy Forum. She was a founding member of the National Society for Human Rights (established 2004) and the National Family Safety Programme (established 2009). In 2013, Professor Al-Ansary became a member of the Consultative Council, which is the ‘Appointed Parliament’ in Saudi Arabia: a recognition of her work in healthcare in Saudi Arabia and other Gulf countries, as well as on human rights. She was one of the first female members of parliament, and she represented women at the Inter-parliamentary Union for two years.